A Syrian culture-enricher has been apprehended in Berlin for allegedly planning a terror attack using TATP (triacetone triperoxide), an explosive known as “Mother of Satan” for its extreme volatility.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this news report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
The article below from FOCUS Online was also translated by MissPiggy:
He Was High on the List of Islamist Threats — Special Unit Police Arrest Abdullah H. in Berlin
November 19, 2019
The police have arrested a man under suspicion of terrorism in Berlin. The 26-year-old Syrian is said to have informed himself over the Internet about the construction of bombs and exchanged information. “The purpose of the chat traffic is said to have been to prepare for terrorist attacks,” the Berlin public prosecutor’s office announced on Tuesday. A special unit of the Federal Police arrested the man on Tuesday morning.
According to ARD, the arrested man is said to be Abdullah H. According to ARD reporter Holger Schmidt on Twitter, Abdullah H. is at the top of the list of dangerous Islamist groups in Germany.
Editor’s note: In a first version of the text, the suspect was described as 37 years old. The Attorney General’s Office has now corrected this statement: The arrested person is 26.
Planned attack with the “Mother of Satan”
The arrested terrorist suspect was employed as a cleaner at a primary school in the capital. Previously, he had worked until September in the Bode Museum in Berlin, said Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) on Tuesday. There was no information about a possible target for the suspect’s attack. “We assume that there was a considerable danger,” said Geisel. In evaluated chat reports, the aim was to kill as many people as possible with a terrorist attack.
He had a radical Islamist attitude and had already begun “to procure the necessary components and chemicals for the construction of an explosive device,” according to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office. In August the man allegedly bought acetone and in September hydrogen peroxide solution. “Both chemicals are needed to produce the highly explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP). The planned bomb “was to be detonated at an unknown location in Germany at an unknown time in order to kill and injure as many people as possible”, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office further announced.
TATP is known in connection with terrorist attacks in Paris. The explosives can be produced by simple means. This makes it attractive for terrorists. In the Middle East TATP is also known as “Mother of Satan”.
“We believe there was a significant threat”
During the investigation, the Berlin public prosecutor’s office focused the charges on preparations for an act of violence endangering the state. A judge had already issued an arrest warrant on November 5. Since spring of this year, the Syrian has allegedly exchanged instructions for building weapons and manufacturing explosives nine times with IS followers in a message group. The chat participants wrote about plastic explosives, parcel and magnetic bombs, “door traps with explosives” as well as Kalashnikov assault rifles and submachine guns. “What was exchanged was clearly Islamic in background and served the purpose of preparing for attacks,” said Martin Steltner, spokesman for the Berlin public prosecutor’s office.
Berlin’s Interior Senator Geisel stated: “We assume that there was a considerable danger. In the chat transcript, the aim was to kill as many people as possible. He admitted that the last few weeks before the current arrest were strenuous. “It’s an enormous strain on your nerves to make this decision.” He had been regularly informed. “The last weeks were not nice,” he said about the police problem of having to gather enough evidence for an arrest on the one hand and on the other hand to strike at the right time before an attack. According to Geisel, the security authorities tracked down the suspect through a tip from a foreign intelligence service. There was no information available about a concrete target of the suspect’s attack. It is unclear whether he had accomplices in Germany or regularly visited Islamist mosques.
According to dpa [Deutsche Presse-Agentur] information, the Syrian is thought to have entered Germany in 2014. He was designated a refugee and has a valid residence permit. It also became known that he had a wife.
|00:00||Terror Suspicion: Special Unit Captures Syrian in Berlin|
|00:07||We’re investigating based on the suspicion of instruction to commit a serious act of violent subversion.|
|00:12||The main suspect is a 26-year-old Syrian national. Today an arrest warrant was issued|
|00:21||against the man, and a search warrant was issued for his residence in Berlin Schöneberg.|
|00:25||The 26-year-old man is suspected of being a member of an Islamist Telegram chat group|
|00:36||close to ISIS, and this chat group is said to have exchanged instructions for the construction|
|00:41||of firearms. We are talking about assault rifles, AK 47s, including submachine guns and|
|00:47||other firearms, and the production of explosives|
|00:50||of various kinds, including booby traps. This information|
|00:54||was exchanged in the chat room. Simultaneously, an investigation|
|00:57||is being conducted by the Federal Prosecutor General|
|01:00||acting on suspected preparation of seditious acts of violence, and as part of that investigation|
|01:05||the suspect’s residence was searched. Thank God it is often possible to recognise|
|01:13||such a terror attack plan early enough to stop it. In this case, thanks to two legal authorities|
|01:20||that led the investigations. In addition, because we’re in the middle of the investigation process,|
|01:24||we cannot foresee how it will develop, and not all measures have been completed yet.|
|01:29||We will first have to sift through evidence that has been discovered,|
|01:32||and that will have to be evaluated. That may take a while. Concerning the chat group:|
|01:35||it can be ascribed to a established Islamist milieu,|
|01:41||and the accused is suspected of having ties to ISIS.